July 31, 2003 Correspondent Tony Cox speaks with Latin jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri about his unique sound, the 30th anniversary of his Grammy for the Last Tango in Paris score and his new album, The Shadow of the Cat, which is up for a Latin Grammy.
July 31, 2003 Host Bob Edwards talks to music historian Peter Guralnick about Sam Cooke's 1957 crossover from gospel to rock-and-roll, his immediate first hit, "You Send Me," and the many others that followed. Cooke combined black and white musical styles, aiming his songs at a multi-racial audience. He owned the rights to his compositions and a record label and had creative control over how his music was recorded. (The digitally remastered CD's are on the Abkco label, as are DVD and VHS versions of the documentary, Sam Cooke: Legend.)
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July 30, 2003 With an unforgettable voice, good looks and the spirituality of gospel music roots, Sam Cooke soared to the top of the pop charts. On Morning Edition, NPR's Bob Edwards reports on how Cooke bridged the gap between rock and soul to become a music legend. Hear samples of newly reissued Cooke songs and the story of Cooke's triumphant return to New York's famed Copacabana nightclub.
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July 26, 2003 As part of the occasional series "Musicians in Their Own Words," jazz bassist Keter Betts describes his music. Betts, 75, appears on some 200 albums — he played with Dinah Washington, Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald — it was only recently that he recorded a CD of his own. Features in the series are produced by David Schulman and NPR's Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr.
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July 26, 2003 Had she survived, Janis Joplin would be 60 this year. A tribute is planned Sunday at New York City's Central Park Summerstage. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Sam Andrew, a guitarist who played with two of Joplin's bands and arranged her version of "Summertime."
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July 25, 2003 Thomas Dorsey combined sacred and secular styles to create a revolution in music. His story is the latest in "Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues," a special 11-part weekly series on the creation of American musical traditions.
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July 22, 2003 It is the final farewell for Afro-Cuban salsa sensation, Celia Cruz. Cruz died July 16 in her Fort Lee, N.J., home at age 77. Reporter Yolanda Perdomo Bindert remembers the life and influence of a great lady of song.
July 21, 2003 Robert Siegel talks with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who has just released a new recording of Shostakovich's massive 7th Symphony, "The Leningrad." It features the combined forces of two orchestras, the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
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July 21, 2003 He's got a new album out called The Three Pickers, and it features Skaggs playing along with Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson (also available on DVD). Skaggs started performing as a young child. He was considered a prodigy. His first number one single was "Crying My Heart Out Over You" in 1981, and he continued to have a string of hits throughout the eighties. But he fell out of favor for most of the next decade, coming back in 1997 with Bluegrass Rules! recorded with his backup band Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs has won many Grammy and Country Music Association awards.
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July 18, 2003 Classical pianist Christopher O'Riley is best known for his interpretations of music by such composers as Stravinksy and Ravel. But on his latest album, True Love Waits, he transforms the compositions of rock band Radiohead. NPR's Michele Norris talks with O'Riley.
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July 17, 2003 Producer Roy Hurst talks with biographer David Thigpen about the life and death of hip-hop legend Jam Master Jay.
July 16, 2003 Cuban singer Celia Cruz, known as the "Queen of Salsa," died in Ft. Lee, N.J., Wednesday of a brain tumor. She was 77. The singer, who came to the United States in 1960, recorded more than 70 albums and received a dozen Grammy nominations. Hear NPR's Neda Ulaby.
July 14, 2003 Segundo, a member of the internationally famous Buena Vista Social Club, was known for his unique styles of singing and playing the guitar. According to producer Ry Cooder, Segundo's style was much more than Cuban; it was informed by his wide knowledge of and experience in music.
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July 13, 2003 For most of this year, violinist and singer Soozie Tyrell has been traveling and performing with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, on their The Rising tour. During the tour, Tyrell managed to find time to record her debut CD. Tyrell talks with guest host Michele Kelemen about the tour, her CD release and how her career started, performing with a group on the streets of New York City.
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July 10, 2003 Lead singer for the band the Jayhawks, Gary Louris. The Minneapolis band has seven albums to its credit — the latest is Rainy Day Music. The band is considered pioneers of the alternative-country movement, but have incorporated everything from pop to folk to rock and country. One reviewer in Rolling Stone writes of their new album, (it's) "all lilting vocals and gentle accoustic fireworks: The slow waltzing guitars and sweet, wrenching vocals of the mortality-obsessed 'Will I See You in Heaven' might seem melodramatic on any other record, but not here, because time rolling slowly away from us is the Jayhawks' main subject matter."
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